What do my services include?
My Pricing Explained
When you first contact me using the button at the bottom of this page, or the contact page linked to the left, your inquiry will be responded to within 24 hours. My packages used to be set in stone, but due to the pandemic affecting so many events, I have adopted a new form of pricing per events.
Each customer has different needs for their events, and I try to adjust to suit different budgets. Sometimes a budget can be too low, and in that case I would suggest a downsize, or I will say if I'm able to accommodate or not. I do not tend to overprice as some other DJ's might, but I don't undersell myself either. I know my worth and my time is very important when it comes to my business, after all, I do this to support my family.
My pricing is based on DATE, START TIME & END TIME, VENUE AND LOCATION, CROWD SIZE, EQUIPMENT NEEDED SUCH AS EXTRA MICS, LIGHTING, FOG ETC.
DATE - For the main reason of I need to know how soon the event is, how much time I have to prepare and plan with you any necessary information, and to be able to secure that date, if it's a well requested day.
START TIME & END TIME - I need to know how long I will be working for. As a DJ, I do not tend to sit while a playlist is running. I am on my feet 98% of the time I am working, to make sure everything runs smoothly. Time duration also give me an idea how early and late I will be there. I usually give myself 1-1.5 hours of setup time and the same goes for teardown, depending on how much equipment is needed.
VENUE AND LOCATION - Some venues are harder to load equipment in, for example, a second floor loft with no service elevator, or a beach with no paved path. I also will need to know the venue to be sure of the power I will need, and what wattage of speakers to bring so I don't leave the crowd deafened or struggling to hear the music. The location is needed to know my drive. Usually this doesn't play a huge factor to me, as I have worked as far of a drive as Montreal, Quebec, and even outside of the country, but that does take a toll on my start time and end time, as I will need to plan my trip accordingly.
CROWD SIZE - This not only is important now more than ever due to the pandemic, but it plays an important role in the equipment I use. Some of the speakers I have are rated for different crowd sizes, and as I mentioned before, I wouldn't want to deafen everyone at your event. Also my lighting is usually very bright and I would bring appropriate lighting for the size of the crowd, so that the event feels as good as it can possibly be.
EQUIPMENT NEEDED - This is what affects the pricing the most. I can have an event which requires two speakers, one subwoofer, mini dance floor lighting, but I also might have an event which requires triple the amount of speakers and lighting - the whole shebang. For this, I like to discuss with my client carefully as to exactly what they want and how much their budget is.
I don't tend to think of my career as a job, it's a passion and to me, an event is a performance. I have that time to make an impression on you and your crowd, so that the business continues to grow in the right direction. As much as the money is great, knowing that you ended the night thinking it was worth every cent is more important to me than anything else. If this seems good to you and you are ready for a free quote, click below to contact me or take a peek at the FAQ to see what some people have already asked before.
- Shakir "Dyce4Lyfe" Gilkes